September 25

10 die in road mishaps each month in Iloilo

first_imgThe top violations of motorists, hesaid, were driving without a license, not using seatbelts, failure to carry orhaving expired Certificate of Registration of vehicles, and not wearing helmets(for motorcycle riders). According to Vilela, most of thevehicular accidents involved motorcycles but there were also passengerjeepneys, private vehicles and taxis, among others. The 150 cops came from 42 towns andthe component city of Passi. ILOILO – Each month an average of 10persons die in vehicular accidents in this province, data from the IloiloPolice Provincial Office (IPPO) showed. Apprehending persons not licensed todrive and unregistered vehicles were ways to address the problem, he said. Allmust follow Republic Act (RA) 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code,stressed Police Executive Master Sergeant Pedro Pericon, officer in charge ofthe Provincial Highway Patrol Team – Iloilo. “We intend to remove all illegalvehicles and unauthorized drivers from our highways,” stressed Vilela. Last month, according to Vilela,police units under the IPPO were able to apprehend 4,010 traffic violators. FromJanuary to September over a hundred vehicles (including motorcycles) have beenissued with notices of violation by the HPG’s Provincial Highway Patrol Team –Iloilo.  The training was held in CampSumagaysay in Santa Barbara town, the IPPO headquarters. For two days, Oct.15 and 16, LTOtrained 150 policemen in the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.center_img Periconsaid the Provincial Highway Patrol Team – Iloilo goes around and checks roadsand the traffic situation in Iloilo city and province. Early this month, the Highway PatrolGroup (HPG) in Iloilo of the Philippine National Police appealed to drivers tofollow traffic rules and regulations. RA4136 is the law on traffic violations, traffic management and traffic enforcement.It also gives mandate to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to “get rid ofall illegal parkings and traffic obstructions along the highways.” He also agreed that the Land TransportationOffice (LTO) deputize IPPO policemen to enforce traffic laws. Periconobserved that what’s mostly lacking among drivers is awareness on the properuse of public roads. “We must do something to stem therising statistics on vehicular accidents and deaths,” stressed Police ColonelRoland Vilela, provincial police director. To date since Jan. 1 this year, theIPPO already recorded 102 road mishap fatalities. Yes,he said, there are indeed “pasaway”drivers. “Indi man tanan pero maymga drivers kulang gid ‘ya sang education with regards sa paggamit sang karsada. Like mayma-overtake sa solid line whichis indi puede. Pag-abot sa city may ‘Slowdown’ sign pero sige or wala sila naga-respond.May ‘No Parking’ sign pero naga-park gid,” lamented Pericon./PNlast_img read more